The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. The 2009 Yearbook explores the framings, strategies, and impacts of a range of actors on poverty and its alleviation. The overarching question is to whether such actors, in pressing for poverty alleviation actually achieve anything/empower the poor, or simply aid wealthy states in maintaining the status quo. The contributors are diverse, including scholars and practitioners from India, America, the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Mali.

The Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students, and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms, and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.

Faith-Based Action in Development and Humanitarian Work

Faith-based action in development and humanitarian work
KhaledMansour and Heba RaoufEzzat


Should humanitarian action be focused on helping victims of wars and conflict or pay more attention to resolving the root causes of violence and attempting to contribute to building long-term peace? (See Calhoun 2008: 73–4.)

Some emergencies, such as natural disasters, cannot be completely avoided and do require direct humanitarian action, whereas alleviating poverty is indeed a long-term cause that should be dealt with accordingly. Dealing with emergency food crises and hunger, for example, needs immediate action through humanitarian work that cannot wait for policy makers to deal with root causes. But hunger itself can be eradicated only through a multi-level approach to the structural causes of this scourge. However, ...

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